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Montana vs Northern Arizona Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds

Grizzlies vs Lumberjacks Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Montana Grizzlies at Northern Arizona Lumberjacks
  • Where: Flagstaff at J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome
  • Date: Thursday, January 5th
  • Betting Odds: Montana -3.5, MONT -173 | NARZ +140 O/U 140.0

Grizzlies Preview:

Montana will take the floor against the Lumberjacks with an overall record of 7-7. So far, the Grizzlies have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 1-5. This season, Montana has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 5-2. For today’s contest, Montana have a betting line set -3.5 points in their favor.

Josh Bannan comes into today’s game as the Grizzlies’ leading scorer at 16.29 points per contest. Not only has Bannan been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Montana’s top rebounder at 8.64 boards per contest. Behind Bannan, the team has benefited from the strong play of Dischon Thomas who is second on the team in scoring at 12.57 points per game. Overall, he has hit 45.1% of his shots and is adding 5.36 boards per game.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for Montana this season, as they are currently ranked 167th in college basketball at 72.2 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Grizzlies’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.9%, placing them 190th in the NCAA.

Lumberjacks Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Montana, the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks will be taking the floor for the 16th time this season and have an overall record of 4-11. Currently, the Lumberjacks have been the home team 5 times, sitting with a record of 3-2. So far, the Lumberjacks have been the underdog 11 times, going 2-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3.5 underdogs on the spread.

Northern Arizona will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jalen Cone who is averaging 17.2 points per game for the Lumberjacks. Cone is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Lumberjacks’ offensive gameplan is the play of Xavier Fuller who has hit 42.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.8 points per game.

Coming into today’s game, Northern Arizona will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Lumberjacks are ranked 311st at 67.5 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 405th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Northern Arizona is close to the NCAA average at 35.6%.

Free Spread Prediction: Northern Arizona Lumberjacks +3.5

If you are looking to get a wager down on today’s matchup betwen the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks and Montana Grizzlies, we see Northern Arizona as the best bet on the spread at +3.5. Look for the Lumberjacks’ offense to continue their strong 3-point shooting as they are averaging 8.66 made 3’s per contest. Not only do they have the edge from beyond the arc, but they also have a good track record vs the spread as the underdog. In Northern Arizona’s last 10 games as the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 6-4. Going into the game, we feel good about grabbing Northern Arizona +3.5.

 


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